thwart

verb
\ ˈthwȯrt How to pronounce thwart (audio) \
thwarted; thwarting; thwarts

Definition of thwart

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to oppose successfully : defeat the hopes or aspirations of
b : to run counter to so as to effectively oppose or baffle : contravene
2 : to pass through or across

thwart

adverb
\ ˈthwȯrt How to pronounce thwart (audio) , nautical often ˈthȯrt \

Definition of thwart (Entry 2 of 4)

thwart

adjective

Definition of thwart (Entry 3 of 4)

: situated or placed across something else : transverse

thwart

noun

Definition of thwart (Entry 4 of 4)

: a seat extending athwart a boat

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Other Words from thwart

Verb

thwarter noun

Adjective

thwartly adverb

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Verb

frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk mean to check or defeat another's plan or block achievement of a goal. frustrate implies making vain or ineffectual all efforts however vigorous or persistent. frustrated attempts at government reform thwart suggests frustration or checking by crossing or opposing. the army thwarted his attempt at a coup foil implies checking or defeating so as to discourage further effort. foiled by her parents, he stopped trying to see her baffle implies frustration by confusing or puzzling. baffled by the maze of rules and regulations balk suggests the interposing of obstacles or hindrances. officials felt that legal restrictions had balked their efforts to control crime

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Verb

Thwart and its synonyms "foil" and "frustrate" all suggest checking or defeating another's plan or preventing the achievement of a goal. "Foil" implies checking or defeating so as to discourage future efforts ("foiled by her parents, he stopped trying to see her"), while "frustrate" suggests making all efforts, however vigorous or persistent, futile or ineffectual ("frustrated attempts at government reform"). "Thwart" usually indicates frustration caused by opposition ("the army thwarted an attempted coup").

Examples of thwart in a Sentence

Verb She did all she could to thwart his plans. The army thwarted the attempt at a coup.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And these charges again went back to Johnson’s attempts to thwart Congress’s authority to manage Reconstruction. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Making Impeachment Matter," 21 Nov. 2019 The Colorado Open Records Act in many cases effectively thwarts public access to records, as Donovan acknowledges. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "Emails are being purged across Colorado state government," 8 Nov. 2019 Cousins thwarted Minnesota’s best chance midway through the fourth quarter, throwing an interception in the end zone on 1st-and-goal from the Green Bay 8-yard line. Si Wire, SI.com, "Raiders vs. Vikings Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Time," 22 Sep. 2019 Democrats, meanwhile, appear to be leveraging the power of national television to hammer their case that Trump directly attempted to thwart the inquiry. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Democrats betting on Robert Mueller's public testimony to make the case his report so far has not," 26 June 2019 Daryl Watts, who is the top women’s scorer in the country with 10 goals and 19 assists, stepped up for the Badgers but Scobee thwarted her shot. Dave Wright, Twin Cities, "Women’s hockey: No. 2 Gophers pull out 3-2 shootout victory over No. 1 Badgers," 3 Nov. 2019 Company cronies initially thwarted attempts at oversight in London, but a government bailout in 1772 following the Bengal Famine and the collapse of Ayr Bank confirmed the crown’s interest in the company, which had now become Too Big to Fail. Iain Murray, National Review, "The Rise of the East India Company Is Not a Cautionary Tale about Corporate Power," 2 Nov. 2019 Your daughter might have wanted to spend the night with her boyfriend in his room; your intervention thwarted this. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Wonderful guy mismanages his anger," 18 Oct. 2019 Ostensibly installed to deter and thwart intruders, many actually can be transformed into an arsenal that hackers use for Web warfare. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "‘Security’ Cameras Are Dry Powder for Hackers. Here’s Why," 19 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Germany has previously had success with American intelligence information helping thwart plots, most notably in 2007 in stopping a plan to bomb the U.S. Air Force's Ramstein Air Base in southern Germany. David Rising, Fox News, "German teenager arrested in gay club bomb attack plan," 13 Sep. 2018 The center yoke thwart is perfectly balanced for one-person portages. The Editors, Outside Online, "REI Is Having an Huge Sale on Water Sports Gear," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of thwart

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thwart

Verb

Middle English thwerten, from thwert, adverb

Adverb

Middle English thwert, from Old Norse thvert, from neuter of thverr transverse, oblique; akin to Old High German dwerah transverse, oblique

Noun

alteration of obsolete thought, thoft, from Middle English thoft, from Old English thofte; akin to Old High German dofta rower's seat

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The first known use of thwart was in the 13th century

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“Thwart.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thwart?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=thwart03. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for thwart

thwart

verb
How to pronounce thwart (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of thwart

: to prevent (someone) from doing something or to stop (something) from happening

thwart

verb
\ ˈthwȯrt How to pronounce thwart (audio) \
thwarted; thwarting

Kids Definition of thwart

: to stop from happening or succeeding Police thwarted the crime.

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